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New & Improved

It’s that time of year again, making New Year resolutions. I suppose I should be grateful to be around for this annual event. But to tell the truth, something I rarely do, resolutions are my second least favorite thing to do. My first least favorite thing is to hear from my wife...

Fine Art Painter Featured at Artist Eye Gallery

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery will feature fine art paintings by San Clemente artist Edward G. Beyer from Jan. 1-31. Beyer will be on hand, along with the 17 other gallery artists, during First Thursdays Art Walk, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2. In addition, the gallery, 1294-A...

Artman Gallery’s Steps ‘Through the Looking Glass’

The exhibit by the Artman Gallery features the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Brooke Shaden, whose goal it “is…to make beautiful that which others find disturbing…and mold it into something complex and magnetic.” An artist reception at the gallery, 326 N. Coast Highway,...

Calling Shutterbugs to the Water

The Laguna Bluebelt Coalition is seeking submissions for its third photo competition that showcases Laguna’s marine protected areas. Photos must have been taken between Jan. 18, 2013, and Jan. 18, 2014 in one of the protected areas and should be submitted to:...

Local Tavern Offers Free Comedy Show

Six comedians from Southern California will be featured in Brent Goodman Presents Stand Up Comedians, taking place at Hennessey’s Tavern on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Coinciding with Art Walk, the show will take place in the upstairs bar at Hennessey’s, 213 Ocean Ave....

Local Author Publishes Third Book

“The Hidden Lives of Librarians,” a novel by local author and community activist Bette Anderson, has recently been published by Publish Americas.  The story reveals the behind-the-scenes lives of five librarians and the culture of a large Eastern school district. “I wrote the...

OCBookBlog Reviews ‘Two Deserts’

By Randy Kraft Laguna writer Julie Brickman must be a very good writing teacher. At a book launch party recently at the home of Ed Kaufman and Karen Redding, she spoke eloquently about “interiority” in fiction, those moments when the inner thoughts and feelings of a character...

A Dickens of a Feast

Board members, patrons and singers of the acclaimed Pacific Chorale celebrated the season at a Dickens Feast fundraiser on Dec. 22, preceded by a holiday concert of the 140-member choir.  

Playhouse Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations

“It was a perfect night. Everyone involved gave this event their all, and the results are outstanding,” say co-chairs Heidi Miller and Michelle Bendetti. Stop in the Name of Fun took place last month at the Pelican Hill resort and offered guests, committee members, volunteers,...

Touched by Grace

     The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to...

Rudolph Isn’t the Only Reindeer With a Back Story

By April Johnson, Special to the Independent Christmas is a time of heightened bliss, but for some it can be a bit disturbing. In “Reindeer Monologues,” Ava Burton and Mark Miller interpreted the lives of eight reindeer and how they feel at Christmastime. The reindeer took this...

High School Sports Update

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Girls Water Polo (4-0) Makenzie Fisher missed the Mater Dei match with another USA Water Polo commitment for the World Cup qualifying tournament and sister Aria Fischer, the squads leading scorer after three games was out due to a recent tonsillectomy....

Kudos for Surf Team’s Top Athletes

The boys’ high school surf team league finals were held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at San Onofre’s Upper Trestles and Dana Point’s Salt Creek Beach. First round participants, freshman Colton Bryant, senior Nathan Kravitz and junior Shane Chapman, advanced to the quarter finals before...

Fall Athletes Reap Team Awards

By Frank Aronoff | LB Indy Cross County – Boys coach Scott Wittkop; girls coach Steve Lalim. Boys finished Orange Coach League Champions, 2nd SSCIF D-IV, 2nd State CIF D-IV Girls finished Orange Coast League Champions,  4th SSCIF D-IV, 2nd State CIF D-IV Four-Year Award: Monica...

AYSO Breakers Win League Cup

By Jeb Dickerson, Special to the Independent The AYSO Extra tournament for Laguna boys under 13 was held Dec. 14 and 15 in La Habra. Laguna won their first game of the tournament against Corona Del Mar with a score of 1-0 thanks to a perfectly placed corner kick by Dylan Miller....